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Assistant Instructional Professor in the Divinity School

Divinity School
Chicago, Illinois
Date posted
Apr 11, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Divinity School at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Instructional Professor. Appointments at this rank are for a term of up to three years with the possibility of renewal following a successful review.  The start date of the appointment is September 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of section(s) of the undergraduate Social Science Core sequence, “Religion: Cosmos, Conscience, and Community” and course(s) on the Bible, the Bible and American Politics, or other related topics in undergraduate or graduate studies in the Divinity School, for a total of six quarter-length courses across three quarters each academic year.  In addition to teaching, the instructor will contribute to the ongoing development of the Core’s curriculum.  Responsibilities include preparing and teaching courses, holding regularly scheduled office hours, preparing and grading assignments, and attending staffing meetings.  Service duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, independent studies, advising BA or MA theses, or other program-specific duties. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.


The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. This position is contingent on final budgetary approval.


Required Qualifications


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a social sciences or humanities area relevant to the curriculum.  Evidence of successful teaching at the university or four-year college level is required.  Experience with theorization of religion is required.




Preferred Qualifications


Knowledge of relevant languages (especially Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) is preferred.




Application Instructions


To be considered for the position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Job Opportunities site:   




Each application must include: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a cover letter (no longer than 3 pages) describing your academic interests, teaching background, and teaching qualifications; 3) a teaching statement (not to exceed 500 words), 4) syllabi for courses previously taught and/or designed by the candidate or sample syllabi of proposed courses; 5) names and contact information for three references whose letters will be solicited by the Divinity School if the candidate becomes a finalist; and 6) evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as teaching evaluations (not older than three years) or performance reviews.




All materials from each applicant must be received by 10:59 PM Central Time/11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 11, 2024. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following initial review.


If you have any questions, contact Sara Bigger at



Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.


Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.





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